‘It’s quite weird’: Dodgers can’t snap out of added-inning funk

A wander-off acquire appeared imminent Friday night time when the Dodgers experienced the bases loaded…

A wander-off acquire appeared imminent Friday night time when the Dodgers experienced the bases loaded with no outs just after scoring the tying operate in the base of the ninth inning.

Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard was reeling, the ideal-hander’s pitch count at 25 soon after strolling Justin Turner to power in a operate. The Dodgers experienced one of their very best clutch hitters at the plate in Will Smith.

The Rockies introduced their outfield and infield in. A Dodger Stadium crowd of 43,730 rose to its ft. All Smith or the up coming batter, Sheldon Neuse, experienced to do was set a ball in participate in, and there was a terrific probability the Dodgers would wipe away the sour flavor of their 3rd late-game bullpen meltdown in as numerous nights.

“I was very specific the game was gonna be around,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts reported. “Will has taken a ton of excellent at-bats for us, and he’s experienced a ton of massive hits for us, so I felt truly fantastic about him putting the ball in participate in, especially with the place Bard’s pitch count was at.”

But Smith, who strike a dramatic a few-operate homer in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a walk-off earn more than San Francisco on Tuesday night, struck out on three pitches, all sliders. Neuse struck out on four pitches, all sliders. AJ Pollock stretched out his at-bat to 6 pitches but also struck out swinging at a slider.

The sport went to added innings, the place Trevor Story’s RBI single and Charlie Blackmon’s two-operate homer off Dodgers reliever Jimmie Sherfy in the 10th inning gave the Rockies a 9-6 victory.

“I imagine we started to develop,” Roberts explained of his team’s futility in the ninth. “You could see [Bard] was stressed. His pitch depend was up. He went to the slider, and we swung at a few that ended up up in the zone. We couldn’t transfer it forward. We could not drive in that run.”

The Dodgers’ 3rd straight loss in which they were being tied or foremost moving into the ninth inning dropped them to 1-10 in more-inning games this period. They are 58-30 in other game titles.

“I have no plan,” Turner reported, when requested if he experienced an explanation for the team’s struggles in extra innings. “If you men have everything, permit me know, but it’s pretty bizarre. We’re 1-10 this calendar year in added innings. That’s not fantastic.”

Roberts was also stumped by the additional-innings report.

“It is hard to explain,” he stated. “We’ve shed them on the road, we’ve lost them at property. Sure games we had a likelihood to get offensively, other moments we did not keep the guide. You’d like to believe it will even by itself out, but outdoors of dissecting each individual game, I actually could not give you an educated answer.”

The Dodgers scored three runs in the initially inning Friday night time on doubles by Chris Taylor, Smith and Cody Bellinger, and Matt Beaty’s RBI solitary. Turner hit a solo homer in the 3rd.

The Rockies’ Sam Hilliard tosses his bat right after hitting a two-out solo homer off Dodgers reliever Darien Núñez that place Colorado ahead by a operate in the ninth inning.

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Bellinger strike a triple and scored on Beaty’s single in the sixth for a 5-3 direct, but Bellinger aggravated a left-hamstring personal injury though legging out the triple and departed immediately after the seventh.

“He’s gonna be down [on Saturday], but I’d like to assume we bought ahead of it,” Roberts stated. “He felt it on his triple. It’s the identical hamstring as before. Hopefully Sunday he’ll be again in there. Correct now, I guess he’s day to day.”

Dodgers experienced to change to their a lot more inexperienced relievers Friday night for the reason that setup male Blake Treinen and closer Kenley Jansen pitched the previous two nights, with Jansen throwing 60 pitches though blowing two ninth-inning qualified prospects to the Giants. Also, Joe Kelly was out simply because of “some soreness,” in accordance to Roberts.

Still left-hander Alex Vesia retired the facet in purchase in the seventh, but Brusdar Graterol, referred to as up right before the match, gave up a Garrett Hampson one and a Blackmon RBI double in the eighth, and left-hander Darien Núñez gave up a two-out RBI one to Ryan McMahon that tied the score 5-5.

Highlights from the Dodgers’ 9-6, 10-inning loss to the browsing Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Sam Hilliard’s pinch-hit, two-out homer off Núñez gave Colorado a 6-5 guide in the top rated of the ninth before the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the ninth, an inning that commenced with singles by Austin Barnes and Taylor and walks to Billy McKinney and Turner.

“I feel offensively, we will need to come across a way to do a far better job of extending sales opportunities throughout the recreation,” Turner said. “This previous thirty day period or so, we’ve been really reliant on significant crooked quantities and not able to find methods to scratch out some kinds and twos in there. We need to have to retain on adding on as we get into these online games.”